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Edward’s guidebook

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Edward’s guidebook

Food Scene
These are some of our favorite places to eat around here! Most are within a 20 minute driving distance, and tend to be popular among San Jose locals as well.
Many young locals enjoy gathering here with friends for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. It is in a plaza with other restaurants and Ranch 99 (Asian supermarket). You can also go to other stores in the plaza for a quick dessert (i.e. Teaspoon, Paris Baguette) if there is any space left in your stomach!
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Gen Korean BBQ House
1628 Hostetter Rd
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Many young locals enjoy gathering here with friends for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. It is in a plaza with other restaurants and Ranch 99 (Asian supermarket). You can also go to other stores in the plaza for a quick dessert (i.e. Teaspoon, Paris Baguette) if there is any space left in your stomach!
Pho restaurants can be find all throughout the Bay Area. Pho Kim Long is undeniably of the most popular and authentic places for pho in San Jose. It is around a 15 minute drive from our house. During peak lunch and dinner hours there may be a line, but you will not have to wait too long.
Pho Kim Long
2082 N Capitol Ave
Pho restaurants can be find all throughout the Bay Area. Pho Kim Long is undeniably of the most popular and authentic places for pho in San Jose. It is around a 15 minute drive from our house. During peak lunch and dinner hours there may be a line, but you will not have to wait too long.
A trending all-you-can-eat Japanese style hotpot restaurant. You can pick your own soup base (spicy miso recommended for spice-lovers), create your own dipping sauce, order appetizers and meats from their menu selection, and choose from many hotpot toppings at the self-service area of the restaurant.
Shabuya
84 Ranch Drive
A trending all-you-can-eat Japanese style hotpot restaurant. You can pick your own soup base (spicy miso recommended for spice-lovers), create your own dipping sauce, order appetizers and meats from their menu selection, and choose from many hotpot toppings at the self-service area of the restaurant.
Create-Your-Own pizza with unlimited toppings and sauces adds up to around $11-12. The crusts are thinner than most, but we usually end up with a bit leftover. It is also in a plaza with other restaurants, and is near neighboring plazas.
MOD Pizza
1068 E Brokaw Rd
Create-Your-Own pizza with unlimited toppings and sauces adds up to around $11-12. The crusts are thinner than most, but we usually end up with a bit leftover. It is also in a plaza with other restaurants, and is near neighboring plazas.
Japanese-style lunch (or dinner) that has been popular within the past few years. The dish is served with uncooked meat around rice or Japanese udon (thick noodles) on a sizzling plate, and you can cook the meat yourself! It's a fun experience for both families and young locals.
Pepper Lunch
408 Barber Lane
Japanese-style lunch (or dinner) that has been popular within the past few years. The dish is served with uncooked meat around rice or Japanese udon (thick noodles) on a sizzling plate, and you can cook the meat yourself! It's a fun experience for both families and young locals.
A long time favorite for Korean tofu soup and other classics. We would recommend going mild or medium spice on tofu soup for more flavor.
SGD Tofu House
231 West Calaveras Boulevard
A long time favorite for Korean tofu soup and other classics. We would recommend going mild or medium spice on tofu soup for more flavor.
Popular Korean restaurant that serves both classic dishes (tofu soup, bibimbap, cold noodles) with Korean BBQ. Some meat dishes may be served after being made in the kitchen, while other meat dishes can be grilled yourself.
Jang Su Jang
269 West Calaveras Boulevard
Popular Korean restaurant that serves both classic dishes (tofu soup, bibimbap, cold noodles) with Korean BBQ. Some meat dishes may be served after being made in the kitchen, while other meat dishes can be grilled yourself.
Our favorite Mongolian BBQ place! It is a bit further than the other restaurants in this guidebook (around 25 minutes), but it is very popular and we think the drive is worth it! For a closer Mongolian BBQ, there is also Gobi Mongolian Grill around 10-15 minutes from our place.
El Camino Mongolian BBQ
3380 El Camino Real
Our favorite Mongolian BBQ place! It is a bit further than the other restaurants in this guidebook (around 25 minutes), but it is very popular and we think the drive is worth it! For a closer Mongolian BBQ, there is also Gobi Mongolian Grill around 10-15 minutes from our place.
We have tried all different ramen places around the Bay Area, and Orenchi Ramen is our personal favorite! There can be a line or sign up sheet, so be sure to get there early (especially for the weekends)!
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Orenchi Ramen
3540 Homestead Road
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We have tried all different ramen places around the Bay Area, and Orenchi Ramen is our personal favorite! There can be a line or sign up sheet, so be sure to get there early (especially for the weekends)!
Our favorite sushi place in the Bay Area. Their seafood is always fresh, but has a nice and refined taste. Their sushi rolls are very tasty, and we recommend getting a hand roll as well!
Aniki's Sushi
3810 Mowry Ave
Our favorite sushi place in the Bay Area. Their seafood is always fresh, but has a nice and refined taste. Their sushi rolls are very tasty, and we recommend getting a hand roll as well!
A local favorite for Japanese food! This place is very popular and there is usually a line on the weekends. Some of our favorite dishes include the soft-shell crab (appetizer), baked scallop (appetizer), ACE roll, and baked salmon roll.
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Sen Dai Sushi
224 North Abel Street
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A local favorite for Japanese food! This place is very popular and there is usually a line on the weekends. Some of our favorite dishes include the soft-shell crab (appetizer), baked scallop (appetizer), ACE roll, and baked salmon roll.
A local favorite for Mediterranean food. We usually order their lamb or chicken gyros, and have tried their plates as well.
Mikonos Grill
756 East Calaveras Boulevard
A local favorite for Mediterranean food. We usually order their lamb or chicken gyros, and have tried their plates as well.
We always order animal fries for sure! Additionally, hamburger, cheeseburger, and double-double are the classics, but you can also find secret menu items online.
In-N-Out Burger
50 Ranch Drive
We always order animal fries for sure! Additionally, hamburger, cheeseburger, and double-double are the classics, but you can also find secret menu items online.
A Taiwanese restaurant that we've been going to throughout the past few years. You can find many popular Taiwanese food here, such as beef noodle soup, oyster pancake, and chicken rolls.
Taiwan Cafe
568 North Abel Street
A Taiwanese restaurant that we've been going to throughout the past few years. You can find many popular Taiwanese food here, such as beef noodle soup, oyster pancake, and chicken rolls.
Our favorite Thai restaurant around San Jose/Milpitas! We usually order their curries, and have also ordered their noodle-based dishes in the past.
Thai Cafe Restaurant
692 Barber Ln
Our favorite Thai restaurant around San Jose/Milpitas! We usually order their curries, and have also ordered their noodle-based dishes in the past.
Taiwanese-style hotpot in individual servings.
Boiling Point
1698 Hostetter Rd
Taiwanese-style hotpot in individual servings.
Poke bowls - raw fish (or cooked octopus, scallops, tofu) and vegetable toppings over rice. Recent trend among local students.
Poke House
1698 Hostetter Rd
Poke bowls - raw fish (or cooked octopus, scallops, tofu) and vegetable toppings over rice. Recent trend among local students.
Sightseeing and Nature
These are some of the beautiful sights to see around the Bay Area! These are a little farther away, and we recommend driving or taking the local transportation such as BART.
Fisherman's Wharf, Boudin (local clam chowder restaurant and factory), sea lion docks, street performers, and many small shops! This is a tourist favorite for anyone traveling to the Bay Area.
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PIER 39
Beach Street
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Fisherman's Wharf, Boudin (local clam chowder restaurant and factory), sea lion docks, street performers, and many small shops! This is a tourist favorite for anyone traveling to the Bay Area.
Great place for viewing the Golden Gate Bridge! It is quiet and usually not crowded.
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Baker Beach
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Great place for viewing the Golden Gate Bridge! It is quiet and usually not crowded.
Popular beach and boardwalk filled with restaurants and roller coaster rides.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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Popular beach and boardwalk filled with restaurants and roller coaster rides.
A quiet and serene oceanside city, great for one-day trips. Be sure to bring a jacket, as it can get a bit windy.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea
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A quiet and serene oceanside city, great for one-day trips. Be sure to bring a jacket, as it can get a bit windy.
Beachside city where you can see elephant seals between October to March! Be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time!
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Año Nuevo State Park
1 New Years Creek Rd
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Beachside city where you can see elephant seals between October to March! Be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time!
For those who enjoy hiking in the woods!
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
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For those who enjoy hiking in the woods!
Great for kids and young couples! This is a relatively large museum with many different sea creatures. Some of our favorites include the sea otters, hammerhead shark, and jellyfish!
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
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Great for kids and young couples! This is a relatively large museum with many different sea creatures. Some of our favorites include the sea otters, hammerhead shark, and jellyfish!
Local Attractions
Upscale shopping and restaurants among decorated streets. Very popular on weekends, and across the street from Valley Fair Mall. CineArts, Santana Row's movie theater, can be found toward the backside; this is our favorite movie theater because the recliner seats are so comfy!
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Santana Row
377 Santana Row
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Upscale shopping and restaurants among decorated streets. Very popular on weekends, and across the street from Valley Fair Mall. CineArts, Santana Row's movie theater, can be found toward the backside; this is our favorite movie theater because the recliner seats are so comfy!
Many restaurants and local events held downtown. There is also Christmas in the Park if you are here in the winter, featuring the city's best Christmas lights, rides for kids, and an ice skating rink!
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Downtown San Jose
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Many restaurants and local events held downtown. There is also Christmas in the Park if you are here in the winter, featuring the city's best Christmas lights, rides for kids, and an ice skating rink!
Large shopping mall and local cinema featuring all the latest movies!
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Great Mall
447 Great Mall Drive
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Large shopping mall and local cinema featuring all the latest movies!
A popular hiking destination for locals!
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Mission Peak
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A popular hiking destination for locals!
California's oldest municipal park. Great for hiking and strolls among trees and grass.
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Alum Rock Park
15350 Penitencia Creek Road
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California's oldest municipal park. Great for hiking and strolls among trees and grass.
Great for strolls and exploring the nearby area. We recommend visiting Downtown Palo Alto for lunch or dinner, as there are many upscale restaurants there. 45 minute drive from our place
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Stanford-háskóli
450 Serra Mall
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Great for strolls and exploring the nearby area. We recommend visiting Downtown Palo Alto for lunch or dinner, as there are many upscale restaurants there. 45 minute drive from our place
A look inside Intel’s works. Free admission.
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Intel Museum
2200 Mission College Boulevard
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A look inside Intel’s works. Free admission.
All the newest Apple products and virtual reality/3D model of the surrounding headquarters. Very modern building, with plenty of underground parking.
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Apple Park Visitor Center
10600 N Tantau Ave
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All the newest Apple products and virtual reality/3D model of the surrounding headquarters. Very modern building, with plenty of underground parking.
Essentials
Shopping for pre-made meals, snacks, and everyday appliances; would recommend for longer stays
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Costco Wholesale
1709 Automation Parkway
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Shopping for pre-made meals, snacks, and everyday appliances; would recommend for longer stays
99 Ranch (Asian supermarket) and many restaurants
Pacific Rim Plaza
1688 Hostetter Rd
99 Ranch (Asian supermarket) and many restaurants
Korean supermarket and 2 small food shops inside
Hmart San Jose Oakland
1710 Oakland Rd
Korean supermarket and 2 small food shops inside
Japanese supermarket with a ramen restaurant inside, and another ramen restaurant in the same plaza
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Mitsuwa Marketplace
675 Saratoga Avenue
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Japanese supermarket with a ramen restaurant inside, and another ramen restaurant in the same plaza
Large Target with ready-made foods, groceries, and everyday appliances and and essentials
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Target
2155 Morrill Avenue
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Large Target with ready-made foods, groceries, and everyday appliances and and essentials
Everyday goods and appliances, as well as a small pharmacy and eye-care center
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Walmart Supercenter
301 Ranch Drive
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Everyday goods and appliances, as well as a small pharmacy and eye-care center
Non-prescription medicine and everyday items can be bought here. There is also a pharmacy. Open until 10pm every night (pharmacy may close earlier)
Walgreens
2105 Morrill Ave
Non-prescription medicine and everyday items can be bought here. There is also a pharmacy. Open until 10pm every night (pharmacy may close earlier)